Eden Hazard Admits He’s Enjoying His Football At Chelsea Under Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is enjoying his time at the club having more possession under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Eden Hazard has begun the season in an amazing form and scored his second of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth which gave Chelsea four wins from four Premier League games.

‘I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres,’ Hazard told Chelsea TV.

‘I like this type of game. It’s completely different than Antonio Conte or (Jose) Mourinho before. We have more ball so for me it’s not bad.’

Hazard’s contract expires in 2020 and the offer of an extension has not been taken up so far, but he is showing no signs of unhappiness.

Asked how he is, Hazard said: ‘Good. You can see on the pitch. Let’s see the future.’

Hazard said that Maurizio Sarri’s style of play is completely different to predecessor Antonio Conte.

Hazard added: ‘It’s not so different (from the past). The big difference is we bring two players – Jorginho and (Mateo) Kovacic – and they are completely different.

‘We just try to keep the ball more often and then when we have a chance to score, we need to score.

‘But when we have more ball we can be more dangerous. We’re playing good football, so we enjoy. I want to keep this momentum.

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Tottenham Manager Disappointed By His Players Errors In Defeat To Watford

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his players will not challenge for the Premier League title if they continue to play like they did against Watford

Tottenham saw their 100% Premier League record ended at Vicarage Road as Watford came from behind to keep their own perfect start alive, with goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart cancelling out an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal.

Pochettino acknowledged that his side made too many mistakes en route to the defeat, but has urged his players to learn from it if they are to mount a title challenge.

“We were so relaxed in the first half and we made a lot of mistakes. I’m disappointed because we need to do more and play much much better,” Pochettino told Sky Sports News.

“If you want to be a contender you cannot concede the type of goals we conceded. The reality is so clear. When you lose you must learn and improve.”

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Marcus Rashford Apologises To Manchester United After Getting Sent Off Vs Burnley

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Manchester United manager Marcus Rashford has issued a heartfelt apology to the club after receiving a red card for violent conduct on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford was brought off the bench by Jose Mourinho with United 2-0 up against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The England international won a penalty which was subsequently missed by Paul Pogba and found success against Phil Bardsley with his electric pace

But a moment of madness almost cost his side dear when, after a rather robust challenge by Bardsley, the starlet appeared to butt heads with the former United defender.

Referee Jon Moss confidently flashed a red card after the ensuing melee had calmed down, with the youngster taking to Twitter to apologise for his actions.

He wrote: “Emotions got the better of me, I shouldn’t of [sic] reacted like that.

“Sorry to everyone at the club and all the fans #MUFC”

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We Should Have Won By More Than Two Goals – Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes that his side deserved to win this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Burnley by more than just two goals.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half to get The Red Devils back to winning ways

Manchester United had to see out the game with 10 men following a red card for Marcus Rashford, but Mourinho was delighted with his side’s all-round performance and reserved special praise for his defenders.

“I think it was a very, very good performance with a result which was short,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“They played very well as a team, and there were very good individual performances and we should score many more goals. The result shouldn’t have been open until the last minute. There were lots of good performances but [Marouane] Fellaini was fundamental, together with [Chris] Smalling and [Victor] Lindelof. Luke Shaw had a good performance and there were many others, too.

“We lost so many chances and Joe Hart made important saves. I don’t remember such a comfortable performance as we’ve shown in the last two matches.”

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Saraki, Okowa, PDP React As Church Building Collapses, Crushes 10-Year-Old Boy To Death

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Saraki, Okowa, PDP React As Church Building Collapses, Crushes 10-Year-Old Boy To Death

One person was feared dead while many others sustained various degrees of injuries following the collapse of St. Paul’s Catholic Church building at Ugolo, Adagbrassa community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta on Sunday.

It was gathered that the incident happened during an early morning Mass as worshippers had gathered today before the building collapsed.

The only deceased, Jeffrey Enukanerhirhe, was said to be an 11-year-old boy – the son of former Minority Leader of Okpe Local Government Area, Mr Jackson Enukanerhire.

It was learnt that Enukanehire died immediately as a section of the building crushed him while he was playing guitar during the praise session.

The father of the deceased said that the incident occurred at about 7 a.m.

“I was inside the church when it happened. I was at the back and my son was playing Guitar when it happened.

“When it happened, I joined other members of the church to rescue people who were trapped unknown to me that my son was trapped also; it is a sad thing,” Enukanerhire said.

  • Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed shock over the incident:

Charles Aniagwu, chief press secretary to Delta state government, also confirmed the incident in a statement released on behalf of governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

He described the church collapse as “very sad and unfortunate”.

The statement read: “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief Julius Scott, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (retd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.

“It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and that the injured will experience quick recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the people of Ugolo in Okpe Kingdom over this tragedy.”

  • PDP Reacts:

Reacting to the tragedy, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) consoled the victims, particularly parishioners and family of the deceased in the tragic accident.

The PDP notes that it was traumatic that such disaster occurred at a worship place, when innocent and devout parishioners were at a morning mass, worshipping God.

The party said: “Indeed, our hearts and prayers go out to the bereaved, the wounded, all members of St. Paul’s Ugolo and the Catholic Church at large, over this sad event, even as we urge the parishioners to be strong and not allow the incident to wane their faith and confidence in God.

“The PDP also condoles with the Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, while urging all public-spirited persons and groups to immediately come to the assistance of the Church and the victims.”

  • Saraki Commiserates:

In his reaction, Saraki took to his Twitter page to commiserate with the victims of the incident.

He wrote: “My prayers are with the worshipers, affected families, Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State on this morning’s collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church in Okpe LGA.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance to see that survivors are rescued and treated.”

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Manchester United Striker Romelu Lukaku Hails His Teammates Character

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Romelu Lukaku has hailed his Manchester United teammates character after they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Burnley

Romelu Lukaku scored both goals for Manchester United as they responded to Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham

Although Paul Pogba missed a penalty and The Belgian international missed several chances to score a hat-trick, he was nonetheless pleased with his side’s improvement in front of goal.

“That was really big. In the last game we started well but didn’t take our chances. This time we did,” he told BBC Sport.

“We knew we had to grind out the result in the second half. We have character and we need to be more like that. The last game against Tottenham – we were disappointed. Today we did score and we have to keep winning to try and catch the teams above us.

“Now we go into the international break and can switch off a bit. The manager has time to analyse our performances for the rest of the games in September.”

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Nigeria, China To Sign Agreement Worth $328million

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Nigeria, China To Sign Agreement Worth $328million

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said that Nigeria and China have completed arrangements to sign 328 million dollars agreement on the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 11 (NICTIB 11).

Mr Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

The presidential aide said that President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived Beijing, China, on Saturday, would join his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping to witness the signing of the agreement.

He said the NICTIB 11 agreement would be between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI) at the cost of 328 million dollars facility provided by the Chinese EXIM Bank.

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According to him, the bank facility is for the development of NICTIB 11 project which is consistent with the current administration’s commitment to incorporating the development of ICT into national strategic planning under the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

“President Buhari and his Chinese host will also witness the signing of the MoU on One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR),’’ he added.

It would be recalled that in 2013, the Chinese leader proposed the initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, with a view to integrating the development strategies of partnering countries.

He said: “During the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders, and Business representatives on the margins of FOCAC, the Nigerian delegation is also expected to sign no fewer than 25 MoUs.

“These include those proposed by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).’’

Earlier, the president arrived Capital International Airport, Beijing, at about 9.04 a.m. (Nigerian time), Mr Shehu said; Mr Buhari was received by top Chinese government officials including the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian.

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Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Baba Jidda, and his wife Zahra, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Bakori Bakori, and other Nigerian embassy senior staff including the Defence Attaché, Temitope Ademola, were among those who received the president.

(NAN)

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Police As Your Friend

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Police As Your Friend – Simon Kolawole

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At home on Monday evening, I was engrossed in some heavy reading and writing task when I got a desperate call from my driver who had closed for the day. His friend, and some other hapless Nigerians, had just been randomly arrested at Ketu area by the “Lagos State Task Force” for undisclosed offences. “They have handcuffed him and taken him to the Ketu police station,” he said frantically. Immediately, I asked for the chap’s name and phone number. I then called a valuable police contact. She instantly swung into action. After hours of trying to trace the boy’s whereabouts, we finally found out he was somewhere in a police van around Oshodi.

This piece was written by Simon Kolawole. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

His distraught mum was inconsolable. However, he was finally released around 9pm. But what really happened? Toheeb is a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin. Anytime he is on break, he comes to stay with his mum in Lagos and uses the opportunity to make some income driving his friend’s commercial tricycle, “Keke Marwa”. The little income supports his schooling. He was picking passengers in Ketu when the police swooped on them, arrested, handcuffed and whisked them away. They were beaten black and blue. I was told the police had just killed a young man and a mob attacked them. The officers decided to arrest “suspects” — meaning anybody in sight.

Toheeb and his passengers automatically became suspects for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. That was it. No other evidence is needed in our jungle justice system. They seized their phones, rendering them incommunicado. My contact told me the Lagos police PRO, CSP Chike Oti (God bless him), personally went there to secure his release. In tears, Toheeb narrated the whole incident. “So this is how innocent people suffer in this country? Some of my passengers are still in detention. They did nothing,” he said, sobbing and sniffing. The “suspects” were allegedly asked to pay between N50,000 and N100,000 to regain their freedom. This is Nigeria.

I was putting finishing touches to this article on Friday when my electrician called me. This was unusual of him. He would normally send an SMS. I knew there was fire on the mountain. His brother, a vulcaniser at Ojota Motor Park, Lagos, had a dispute with a client over payment. The client went to report him at Ogudu Police Station on Thursday. I don’t know how much the client gave to the police but they certainly over-delivered. The police immediately sent Omotayo to Ikoyi Prisons. By Friday, the poor fellow was fighting for his life. He had not eaten anything. The inmates had battered him to pulp — the traditional welcome party. Hopefully, we will secure his release this week.

Early 2017, I got a distress call from a commercial bus driver, a friend of a member of our staff. The Task Force van had suddenly crossed him at Maryland in an attempt to force him to stop for an offence he will never know how he committed it. It was too late for him to brake completely; he dented the van. Goodness Gracious! The police officers dragged him out, tore his shirt, battered his bulky frame, handcuffed him, flung him into their van and took him and his bus — his means of livelihood — to their Ikeja yard. Despite all my efforts, including getting a commissioner to intervene, we still had to part with a large sum to repair the police van. This is oppression.

After the whole incident, Saheed came to thank me. “I heard many sad tales inside the Task Force yard,” he said. “One person told me his brother was transferred to Kirikiri Prisons because they couldn’t raise the money that was demanded.” Talking about Kirikiri Prisons, my uncle, who went on an evangelical visit many years ago, told me of a young inmate who said he was picked by the police on his own street while running an errand for his mum. “Up till now, my mother does not know that I am inside here, and our house is not far from this place. The police picked me up and dumped me here, and I am now classified as awaiting trial,” the poor boy told my uncle. This is Nigeria.

Only God knows how many lowly Nigerians I have had to help out of police trouble in my journalism career. In most cases, I am heartbroken. The offences they are accused of committing show that they are mostly victims of oppression and impunity by the security agents simply because these guys are powerless and voiceless. They are poor. In the scheme of things, they do not matter; they are not regarded as human beings. They have no liberty. We run a society where the ordinary people do not expect any form of justice — they do not even believe they have a right to complain when they are being trampled upon by those who should protect them.

I could write a massive book on the horrible things ordinary Nigerians suffer, daily, in the hands of the police. Every Nigerian has a story to tell. There is nothing called justice in this country. The heartbreaking stories of police oppression, cheating and brutality did not start today, or yesterday, or the day before yesterday. In November 1987, the Dadowu brothers — Saka and Sule — were shot dead by Ibe Eze, a police constable, at the Anikantamo Square of Central Lagos, over an alleged traffic offence. Two brothers killed on the same day! Not for armed robbery, but for traffic offence! Eze was spared the hangman by the Supreme Court years later. The Dawodu family never got justice.

This incident apparently inspired Majek Fashek’s 1989 song, “Police Brutality”, in which he mourned: “Dem dey suck the blood of the sufferers/Dem dey eat the bread of the wanderers/Instead of killing the armed robbers/Dem dey kill all the taxi drivers… Dem dey kill all the sufferers.” The oppressed never get justice in Nigeria. Lowly Nigerians have become accustomed to police brutality, so much so they do not even bother to complain any longer. They simply curse their luck or comfort themselves that it is the “will of God”. It is only if you are “somebody” or the child or friend of “somebody” that eyebrows are raised, because there is someone to fight for you.

After severe and sustained complaints about the abuses by the Special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (SARS), the police have promised to reform the unit — but it is the entire police force that needs to be reformed, in my opinion. Nigerian police officers appear to have a special training in harassment, torture and extra-judicial killing. There seems to be no will or desire to rein them in. Any inspector-general that is going to reform the police force will have to start from tampering with the mentality that makes the police think that their primary duty is to terrorise, intimidate and oppress the very citizens they are supposed to protect. It is a mental problem. Other reforms can follow.

Meanwhile, if my article has created the impression that I do not appreciate the Nigerian police at all, then I have not expressed myself properly. In the last 15 years, I have done a lot of study on the police and I know very much that given the conditions under which they are recruited, trained, kitted and compensated, the officers are only a reflection of the system that produces them. They are not genetically bad. They have indeed demonstrated that they can be as good as any police force in the world under the right conditions — and my key evidence is that they win medals anytime they serve outside the country, particularly on UN missions.

Police officers daily lose their lives defending the rest of us. Most recently, four policemen were killed in Kaduna as they ran into an ambush trying to arrest kidnappers. When robbers strike, police officers are their first target. The Offa robbers wasted the lives of eight policemen. Police officers are human beings like us. They have families and friends too. They deserve our respect and sympathy. Ironically, I understand that no other Nigerian security agency disciplines its erring officers more than the police. But our reality today is that the bad apples are spoiling the whole bunch. We need to completely overhaul or rebuild the factory that produces them.

I agree that the system has also not been fair to the police. That must be said. They are the least resourced among the security agencies, and they have been systemically undermined over the years, especially under military regimes. Even now, we keep creating agencies to duplicate the functions of the police. Yet, police play arguably the biggest role in maintaining law and order. I cannot imagine how the society would be if police officers are not on the road. I, for one, would not feel safe to drive on the road — in spite of the fact that the police themselves have become a danger to the society they are deployed to protect. We need them; we need a better, refined version of them.

I have always argued that democracy is nothing if it does not work for the people. One of the major links between the state and the society is policing. Any government that wants to really touch the lives of ordinary Nigerians must frontally address police impunity. It is an indictment on government that people’s rights are brazenly violated and all they can say is “we have handed things over to God”. That means they’ve lost faith in the state. No citizen of any country should feel hopeless and helpless. Everybody deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Reforming SARS without reforming the brutal mindset of the police at large is a waste of time.

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…

CBN AND MTN

The CBN has fined four banks for issuing allegedly irregular certificates of capital importation (CCIs) on behalf of some offshore investors of MTN Nigeria from 2007 to 2015. MTN itself is expected to refund the $8.1 billion it took out as dividends on the basis of the CCIs. CBN will refund the naira equivalent to MTN at the market rates when the transactions were done. In layman’s language, MTN is accused of using deception to repatriate $8.1 billion dividends. I expect MTN to put up a strong fight to clear its name. However, while some think this sanction could scare away foreign investors, a strong regulatory environment could actually be a positive thing for Nigeria. Perspectives.

TRUMP’S TONGUE

Why do Nigerians rejoice when their leaders are disparaged by outsiders? When the Economist of London called President Goodluck Jonathan the “ineffectual buffoon”, I could not bear it, but many people celebrated as if they just won a lottery. Now President Donald Trump, according to the Financial Times, has said he never wanted to meet someone “as lifeless as Buhari” again and some people are popping champagne. The point we are missing is that disrespect for your president is disrespect for you. I also find it hard to understand the logic of those who rejoiced when the Economist disparaged Jonathan but are now angry with Trump. I hate double standards. Hypocrisy.

RULE OF LAW

President Buhari recently said: “The rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest.” That actually was a Supreme Court pronouncement in 2007 in the case of Dokubo Asari vs Federal Government, but it was not a blanket verdict. It didn’t say court orders should be disobeyed. National security has to be pleaded in court and the court must decide. That is how “rule of law” and “national security” go hand-in-hand in a democracy. I was happy to see Buhari backtrack on the scary Freudian slip. I insist that they need a BS detector in Aso Rock. There are too many avoidable gaffes oozing forth from the Seat of Power. Judgment.

AND FINALLY…

Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta state, has defected to APC after almost 20 years in PDP. He is one unlucky governor: he could not install his successor or the deputy and could not even get PDP’s senate ticket. After weeks of speculation, he has finally exchanged the umbrella for the broom and is expected to run for senate in 2019. The amiable ex-governor said: “I am going into APC as ‘John the Baptist’ to the numerous Deltans that are coming in, soon – very soon.” I don’t get the John bit though. Is Chief James Ibori, Uduaghan’s cousin, on his way to APC too? And was John the Baptist not the cousin of Jesus Christ that was beheaded by Herod Antipas? LOL.

This piece was written by Simon Kolawole. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho Unhappy With ‘Naive’ Marcus Rashford

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Jose Mourinho has described Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford as a “naive boy” following his red card during today’s Premier League match with Burnley.

Marcus Rashford reacted angrily to a challenge from Phil Bardsley with just under 20 minutes remaining at Turf Moor, butting heads with the Burnley defender and subsequently shown a red card

The incident did not affect the result as United ran out comfortable 2-0 winners, but Mourinho was unhappy with his striker, who had only been introduced as a sub 10 minutes earlier.

“I don’t know what happened. I would say it was naive. It was a kid and a very experienced man. Bardsley’s been in the game for 20 years and Marcus is a naive boy,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

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BBNaija Winner Miracle Breaks Silence On Relationship With Nina

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BBNaija Winner Miracle Breaks Silence On Relationship With Nina

In his attempt to douse the rumours making the rounds that he is in a romantic relationship with fellow housemate, Nina, Big Brother Naija 2018 winner, Miracle Ikechukwu, has stated openly that though the duo had a romantic relationship in the house, they have remained just friends after the reality show.

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The Pilot – who is currently in London – also appealed to Nigerians to stop forcing an imaginary relationship on both of them.

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Miracle took to his Instagram account on Saturday and wrote:

“Hello my wonderful family. my management just drew my attention to my social media community rivalry and insisted I address it. Abà I beg make Una take am easy, Nina is a nice girl with a beautiful soul and should be treated with respectful courtesy. Because nobody should be subjected to negativity male or female. I also have a sister, a mother and beautiful cousins and I wish the public respect their space and treat them as strong and capable individual women with equal opportunities as men… My point is; neither me nor Nina, I believe has ever publicly or in private told anyone we are in love and are dating. We were involved in the house and remained friends since then. We are young people with prospect and have dedicated our time in building our future not concentrated in relationship. So please (I beg) kindly don’t subject us to an undue imaginary relationship. I keep respecting and love you all for your kind support and understanding. God bless✈👨🏽‍✈️

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips Today

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  • Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United chiefs not to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
  • Manchester United’s board believe Jose Mourinho will improve results and he is not yet under threat of being sacked.
  • Manchester United are still furious with Diego Godin for using their interest in him to secure a new Atletico Madrid deal.
  • Unai Emery is ready to dump the ‘Arsene Wenger style’ in the dustbin of history and play long-ball football at Arsenal.
  • Watford head coach Javi Gracia believes Nathaniel Chalobah can put his injury struggles behind him and force his way into the England squad.
  • Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has set head coach Unai Emery the target of winning the Champions League.
  • Britain’s wealthiest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has hinted he is interested in taking over a football club but refused to comment specifically on Chelsea.
  • Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed that owner Sheikh Mansour nearly bought a London club before he purchased the current Premier League champions.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate has encouraged young players who are not playing at Premier League clubs to consider loan moves to the Championship.
  • Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard – who was his captain during their time together at Liverpool – has what it takes to be successful as Rangers boss.
  • Gareth Southgate does not believe Jack Wilshere is at the required level to play for England.
  • England boss Gareth Southgate has ruled out a documentary being made about his team.
  • Jose Mourinho has admitted he does not think his players are good enough to play the ‘Manchester United way’.
  • In-form Eden Hazard has fired a warning to Chelsea’s rivals, saying that when he plays well, so does his team.
  • Eric Dier has accused some big teams of using a lack of new signings as an excuse for failure.
  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is sure David De Gea will commit to the club, despite his failure to sign the new contract on offer at Old Trafford.
  • Kevin De Bruyne has been given the green light to step up his rehab from his knee injury, with the Manchester City midfielder being told he will not need surgery.
  • Chelsea turned down a loan offer from Red Bull Salzburg for young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
  • Marko Arnautovic says he fears West Ham United are in big trouble if their Premier League losing run continues much longer.
  • Sacked Premier League referee Bobby Madley has been turned down by MLS, where he was keen to relaunch his career.

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Death Toll Of Nigerian Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram Rises To 48

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Death Toll Of Nigerian Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram Rises To 48

There is a report that the number of Nigerian soldiers killed during an ambush by militants of dreaded Boko Haram group has risen to 48.

30 Nigerian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

360nobs gathered yesterday that dozens of Nigerian soldiers were killed in a gun battle with Boko Haram fighters who overran a military base in the country’s northeast.

AFP had on Saturday quoted two military sources as saying that scores of fighters in trucks stormed the base at Zari village in Borno state late on Thursday and briefly captured it after intense fighting.

However, Premium Times reports that seventeen additional bodies of gallant Nigerian soldiers who lost their lives while preventing the Islamic sect from overrunning their base on Thursday evening have been recovered by a search and rescue team overseeing the aftermath of the attack.

The news outlet quoted military sources as saying that the remains of one officer and 16 soldiers were recovered this weekend in the general area of Mobbar Local Government Area, Borno State.

It was gathered that the troops from 145 Battalion – which led the search and rescue efforts – have transferred the bodies to Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

The development means that two officers and 46 soldiers have now been confirmed killed in the attack with the latest recoveries.

The attack is the deadliest against a unit since Boko Haram resumed its attacks against military formations in July.

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Lagos Could Be Under Water By 2050 According To Experts

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According to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lagos and other coastal cities globally that are less than one meter above sea level could be submerged by 2050 if the sea level continues its rise.
“The projection by scientists in the United Nations (UN) who are the authority in climate change effects, after extensive studies say there is the likelihood of the world’s ocean rising by 1 meter by between 2030 and 2050. Hence, any city less than one meter above sea level is under threat and Lagos is part of the many others,’’ Director-General of the NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kanu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

He added that part of the reasons for the ocean encroachments and beach erosions was as a result of the activities around the coastlines. Saying it was not peculiar to Lagos alone but other coastal cities globally would have the same effects of the changes in climate.
“It is a danger caused by climate change and we have got to take it seriously and apply steady and serious measures beyond infrastructure projects to deal with it. Sea level rise is another looming danger that could come to threaten the existence of Lagos if we do not treat it with seriousness. This is not a problem for Lagos alone to carry, it is a national problem that should involve the federal government,’’ he said.

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All You Need To Know About The UEFA Nations League !

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In a couple days, the new International competition for European National teams will kick off known as the UEFA Nations League.

To the avid football watching fan, the UEFA Nations League is super confusing since there’s already the well known UEFA European Championships also known as the Euros. So what is the UEFA Nations League about? Here’s what you need to know

The Nations League is a brand new international tournament for European teams and the aim is to eliminate meaningless friendlies during International breaks. The teams will battle to then feature in a final four in 2019 to decide who will be crowned champion.

 

So How Will It Work?

55 European teams would be split into four leagues (A, B, C and D) based on their UEFA ranking. Within those four leagues, the teams will be split again into groups, which will be made up of either three to four teams.

In each of the four leagues, four teams will be promoted at the end of the cycle, while four teams will be relegated. They will then play at their new level in the next competition, which starts in 2020.

The winners of the four groups in League A will qualify for the Final Four competition.

 

Check Out The Groups Below

UEFA Nations League

League A

Group 1: Germany, France, Netherlands

Group 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland

Group 3: Portugal, Italy, Poland

Group 4: Spain, England, Croatia

League B

Group 1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic

Group 2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey

Group 3: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Northern Ireland

Group 4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

League C

Group 1: Scotland, Albania, Israel

Group 2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia

Group 3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus

Group 4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

League D

Group 1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra

Group 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino

Group 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo

Group 4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

 

When Will The Games Be Played?

  • Matchday 1: September 6-9, 2018
  • Matchday 2: September 9-11, 2018
  • Matchday 3: October 11-13, 2018
  • Matchday 4: October 14-16, 2018
  • Matchday 5: November 15-17, 2018
  • Matchday 6: November 18-20, 2018
  • Finals: June 5-9, 2019

The tournament kicks off on Thursday, September 6 with Germany taking on World Champions, France.

 

What is The Final Four?

This will take place in June 2019 and would involve the group winners from League A. There will be a one-game semi-final stage followed by the final with the winner of that named the Nations League champion.

The Final Four tournament will occur in odd years, meaning that when there isn’t a World Cup or European Championship tournament, there will be a Nations League winner.

 

And The Benefits?

According to UEFA, “The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football”.  The association believes the Nations League addresses concerns national associations raised about friendlies no longer providing adequate competition.

Weaker teams will also face teams ranked around their level so there will be fewer lopsided scorelines and more meaningful games for fans.

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Baba Kuboye Debuts “One Day” Album

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American-based Nigerian artiste, Baba Kuboye, vamps up 2018 for lovers of Afro-Pop/Afro Hip-Hop, with the release of his sophomore album. The Down 4 Whateva Entertainment act is set to release his second studio album titled; One Day. The album is a sensational 8-track which includes his first two singles of 2018 – Tonight, Nothing featuring Reminisce; the recently released Things Are Hard single; the lead single – One Day, which features his late mum and Femi Kuti

The currently buzzing Things Are Hard track which was released in July 2018 is a build up to the release of the album. On this particular song; he sings about the state of affairs in Nigeria; ranging from issues like FSARS brutality to the continuous decadence of the Nigerian economy and the hope of a better Nigeria.

On the lead single of the album, also titled One Day; the artiste features extracted vocals from his mother, Fran Kuboye’s 1995 album – Jisting – and Femi Kuti, son of Afro-beats legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Baba Kuboye says he grew up performing alongside his mother but never anticipated losing her at an early age; which was his source of inspiration in creating this song, even 20 years after her demise: “…a long overdue tribute to her memory.” he said. He also describes this collaboration as one similar to that of Natalie Cole and her father Nat King Cole.

Championing the #OneDayEGoBetter Campaign / Initiative, the artiste reiterates that having an icon like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as a model helps him focus on the real things that give depth to his music. He is a civil and women rights activist, who makes conscious effort to create socially relevant music, and airing the oddity in the Nigerian economic system, all of which is packaged in this new project titled – One Day.

Other songs on the album are; Robo Dance, To The Groove, Feel Alright and Pampuregeji. The album release is slated for ___ August, 2018.

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Written by: Keme Arubayi

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Check Out The Full List Of Winners From #AMVCA2018

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The 6th edition of Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards took place on Saturday with some of Nigeria’s biggest movie stars bagging major awards in their respective categories.

The awards which held at Eko Hotels and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos was hosted by comedian Bovi and Joselyn Dumas.

Here are the winners for #AMVCA2018

Best Sound Editor

Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo and Pius Fatoke WINNER
Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Alter Ego – Zezom Gnawni
Ojukokoro – Dayo Thompson
Hakkunde – James Coon Falcon

Best Picture Editor

Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake
18 Hours – Mark Maina WINNER
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare
Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi
Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Lighting Designer Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi WINNER
Kada River – Godwin Gata
Hidden – Agbo Kelly
Lotanna – McBaror
Children of Mud – Sunday Olalekan

Best Cinematography Movies/TV series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru
Idemuza – Dickson Godwin
T-Junction – Lester Millado
The Torture – Rwamusigazi Kyakunzire
Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward WINNER
Alter Ego – Bishop Blunt/Adeoye Adeniyi

Best Costume/Designer Movie or TV Series

Tatu – Yolanda Okereke
Isoken – Jade Osiberu
Potato Potahto – Christie Brown
Hakkunde – Joan Gbefwi
The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi and James Bessinone WINNER

Best Short Film/Online Video

The Housewife – Jay Franklin Jituboh
Tolu – Nadine Ibrahim
Penance – Micheal Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde WINNER
Lodgers – Ken Ogunlola
Tanwa, The Child We Wanted – Adenike Adebayo

Best Documentary

The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi WINNER
Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta
God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni
Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies
Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili

Best Make Up Artist Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo WINNER
Ojukokoro – Sandra Oyiana
What Lies Within – Cynthia Ububa
Disguise – Hakeem Effect
Lotanna – Nnenna Emekalam

Best Art Director

Isoken – Jade Osiberu
Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi
Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren
Lotanna – Tunji Afolayan WINNER
Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Soundtrack Movies/TV Series

M0 – Tom Koroluk
Banana Island Ghost – Enyi Omeruah and Funbi Ogunbanwo
Bella – Andrew Ahuura
Tatu – Evelle WINNER
Idahosa Trails – Oriri Osayamore
18 Hours – Jacktone Okore

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Swahili

Super Modo – Sarika Hemi Lhakani WINNER

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Hausa

Mansoor – Ali Nuhu WINNER
Umar Sanda – Kamal S Alkali
Dadin Kowa Sabon Salo – Arewa24
Uwar Bari – Hamisu Lamido Iyantama
Rashinsani – Tiana Johnson

Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Yoruba

Alakiti – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola
Adaba – Adebayo Salami
Etiko Onigedu – Femi Adebayo WINNER
Egun Iran Kinni – Oyindamola Awotidebe
Ogun Sengese – Ibironke Ojo

Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Igbo

Bound – Lilian Afegbai WINNER
Ofuobi – Victor Oyke
Uwa Na Eme Nyughari – Tiana Johnson
Oge Nkem – Tiana Oboyi Johnson
Ego Malaysia – Iyooh James Chidozie

Best TV/Drama/Comedy series

Gina and Friends – Paul Igwe
Professor Johnbull – Tchidi Chikere
Papa Ajasco Reloaded – Wale Adenuga
This Is It – Dolapo Adeleke WINNER
Relatives – Tunde Adegbola

Best Movie East Africa

18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru WINNER
Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye
The Forbidden – Kizito Samuel Saviour
Rain – Mathew & Eleanor Nabwiso
Bella – Math Bish

Best Movie West Africa

Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang – Esther Eyibo
Isoken – Jade Osiberu WINNER
Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi
Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren
Lotanna – Ifan Micheal

Best Movie Southern Africa

Descent – Awal Abdulfatai
The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah WINNER
Salute! – Phillipe Talavera
Jomako Black Democracy – Abraham Kabwe
Nyasaland – Joyce Mhango Chavula

Trail Blazer Award

Bisola Aiyeola WINNER

Industry Merit Award

Tunde Kelani WINNER

Best Writer Movie/TV Series

Idemuza – Alaoye Omoake
Soul Tie – Kehinde Joseph
Idahosa Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
18 Hours – Njue Kevin
The Torture – Mulindwa Richard
Alter Ego – Patrick Nnamani/Koye O/Moses Inwang WINNER
Hakkunde – Tomi Adesina

Best Supporting Actress

Toyin Abraham – Tatu
Dorcas Shola Fapson – Banana Island Ghost
Funlola Afofiyebi-Riami – Tatu
Ebele Okaro – Blackrose
Lydia Forson – Isoken WINNER
Emem Inwang – Alter Ego

Best Supporting Actor

Saidi Balogun – Banana Island Ghost
Tomiwa Edun – Banana Island Ghost
Falz – New Money WINNER
Kunle Idowu – Idahosa Trails
Gabriel Afolayan – Okafor’s Law
Wale Ojo – Betrayal

Best Actress in a Comedy and TV Series

Rita Dominic – Big Fat Lie
Adesua Etomi – 10 days in Suncity
Queen Nwokoye – Excess Luggage
Bimbo Ademoye – Backup Wife
Dakore Akande – Isoken
Nyce Wanueri – Auntie Boss WINNER

Best Actor in a Comedy

Kalu Ikeagwu- Dr Meekam
IK Ogbonna – Excess Luggage
Blossom Chukwujekwu – The Big Fat Lie
Odunlade Adekola – A Million Baby WINNER
OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto
Jimmy Olukoya – Guy Man

Best Actress in a Drama/TV Series

Agaba Joan – The Torture
Keira Hewatch – The Witness Box
Miriam Kayode – Children of Mud
Cinderella Sanyu – Bella
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Alter Ego WINNER
Lilian Echelon – Black Rose

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Wale Ojo – Alter Ego
Kalu Ikeagwu – Benevolence
Rushabiro Raymond – The Torture
Adjetey Anang – Keteke WINNER
Adjetey Anang – Sidechic Gang
Chris Attoh – Esohe

Best Director

Moses Inwang – Alter Ego
Aloaye Omoake – Idemuza
Asurf Oluseyi – Hakkunde
Don Omope – Tatu
Jade Osiberu – Isoken WINNER
Mulindwa Richard – The Torture
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Potato Potahto

Best Overall Movie

Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang
18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru WINNER
Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye
Descent – Awal Abdulfatai
The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah

 

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